Cream of Mushroom Soup

Subtle herbs compliment the rich and creamy mushroom flavour in this fall soup. The perfect starter for a dinner party. Serve with a crusty roll or baguette for dipping.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 30 mins. | Serves: 8

Ingredients

2 tbsp butter
2 lb. fresh Mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/3 cup flour
6 cups chicken broth
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup chopped green onions
2 large egg yolks
1/2 cup 5% table cream
salt & pepper to taste
2 tbsp minced parsley (optional)

Method

1. In large heavy soup pot, melt butter over medium heat; sauté mushrooms for 5-6 minutes or until most of the moisture from mushrooms has evaporated; sprinkle flour over mushrooms and cook 1 minute.
2. Slowly stir in broth; bring to boil, stirring constantly.
3. Add Italian seasoning, bay leaf and green onions; reduce heat and cover.
4. Simmer 15- 20 minutes. Remove bay leaf.
5. In small bowl whisk egg yolks with cream; stir 1cup (250 mL) hot broth into cream mixture and then return all to saucepan. Heat over low heat until hot, about 5 minutes, do not allow to boil.
6. Using a hand blender (or food processor), blend soup until it has reached the desired consistency. Add 2 tbsp of water if soup is too thick. Add pepper to taste.
7. Serve sprinkled with parsley, if desired.

Note: If table cream is substituted and allowed to boil it will curdle

Cheese-Stuffed Sweet & Spicy Mushroom Meatballs

These Cheese-Stuffed Sweet & Spicy BBQ Mushroom Meatballs make the most delicious appetizer for your next potluck or party – just make sure to have plenty of these on hand because you’ll run out quick!

Recipe and photo by Taylor of The Girl on Bloor.

Prep Time: 15 mins. | Cook Time: 15 mins. | Serves: 20 meatballs

Ingredients

1 lb ground beef
1 package button mushrooms, finely chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 small yellow onion, grated
¼ cup parmesan cheese
¼ cup breadcrumbs
2 tsp ketchup
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 egg
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
10 mini buffalo mozzarella or bocconcini balls, sliced in half
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp hot sauce
1 tbsp honey
1 cup sweet and spicy BBQ sauce
20 toothpicks

Method

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except for cheese, olive oil, hot sauce, honey and BBQ sauce.
2. Take about 1-2 tbsp of meatball mixture and form it around each cheese ball half.
3. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan on med-high heat, then add meatballs. Fry for 10-12 minutes until meatballs are fully cooked and browned on the outside.
4. Meanwhile, mix hot sauce, honey and BBQ sauce together.
5. Remove meatballs from heat, then transfer to a large bowl. Toss in BBQ sauce mixture until fully coated.
6. Serve immediately on a platter with toothpicks inserted. Meatballs can also be prepared ahead of time and reheated in a 375F oven for 15 min.

 

Pepper Burrito “Bowls” (Stuffed Peppers)

Meaty portabella mushrooms take the place of meat in these vegetarian-friendly pepper burrito bowls. Brown rice and beans make a healthy yet satisfying addition to the filling.

Recipe developed in partnership with Ontario Fruit and Vegetables Growers’ Association.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 45 mins. | Serves: 6

Ingredients

3 large red, green or orange peppers, cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed
2 cups of cooked brown rice
1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
3 large fresh portabella mushrooms, diced
1 small red onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 can (796 mL / 28 oz)) diced tomatoes, partially drained
1 package Tex-Mex seasoning
¾ cup (175 mL) canned black beans
¾ cup (175 mL) frozen corn
½ cup (125 mL) shredded Mozzarella cheese
Optional: Chopped cilantro, diced avocado, sour cream, and salsa

Method

1. Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C.
2. Cut peppers in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Place cut side up in a shallow baking dish. Set aside.
3. Cook brown rice as per package instructions. Set aside.
4. In a large frying pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add diced portabellas and sauté 4-5 minutes, or until most of the moisture has been released. Add onion and garlic to the pan; sauté another 1-2 minutes or until fragrant. Add diced tomatoes, Tex-Mex seasoning, black beans, corn, and cooked rice to the pan. Simmer, stirring occasionally, over medium-low heat until mixture thickens slightly, 6-8 minutes.
5. Spoon rice mixture into each pepper half (approximately ½ cup (125 mL) in each). Sprinkle each pepper with shredded cheese. Cover baking dish with foil and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until peppers are softened.
6. Serve topped with chopped cilantro, and diced avocado, sour cream and salsa on the side.

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Cheeseburger Quesadillas

Nothing will get the family’s attention like a cheeseburger quesadilla. Filled with all your favourite traditional burger toppings, this fun new way to eat a “cheeseburger” will surely have the kids asking for seconds.

Recipe developed in partnership with Ontario Beef.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 15 mins. | Serves: 4

Ingredients

8 oz (227g) fresh crimini mushrooms
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 lb (225g) lean ground beef
1 clove garlic, minced
8 (8 inch) flour tortillas
2 cups cheddar cheese
½ small red onion, sliced
2 small roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
¼ cup (60 mL) dill pickles, sliced
1 cup (250 mL) shredded lettuceBurger Sauce:
½ cup (125 mL) Miracle Whip
2 tbsp (30 mL) ketchup
2 tbsp (30 mL) yellow mustard
2 tbsp (30 mL) relish
2 tbsp (30 mL) onion, finely diced
1 tsp (5 mL) white sugar

Method

1. Place mushrooms in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until finely chopped.
2. In a large saucepan, brown mushrooms until moisture has been released, approximately 5-6 minutes. Add onion, beef and garlic, continue to cook for 10 minutes or until ground beef is cooked through.
3. Meanwhile, combine all burger sauce ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
4. Place one tortilla in the bottom of a dry grill pan. Sprinkle with cheese, red onion, tomatoes, and dill pickles. Spoon on meat mixture. Top with the second tortilla. If your grill pan comes with a Panini press (lid) place preheated press on top of tortilla. If no press is available, carefully flip the quesadilla over using a spatula.
5. Remove from skillet and cut into wedges. Serve topped with fresh shredded lettuce and burger sauce.

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Chili Loaded Baked Potatoes

Looking for a weeknight meal that comes together in a snap? These Mexican style baked potatoes combine all the fun flavours of Mexico into a meal the whole family will love.

Recipe developed in partnership with Ontario Beef.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 1 hr. | Serves: 6

Ingredients

6 large russet potatoes
8 oz (227g) fresh crimini mushrooms
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 lb (225g) lean ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 package Tex-Mex seasoning
2 tbsp adobo peppers in chipotle sauce, puréed
1 can (769 mL) diced tomatoes
1/2 cup (125 ml) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup (250 mL) frozen whole-kernel corn, thawed
1 cup (250 mL) shredded cheddar cheese
¼ cup (60 mL) fresh chopped cilantro

Method

1. Preheat oven to 400°F/204°C. Pierce potatoes, several times, with a fork and place on a baking tray. Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until softened all the way through.
2. While potatoes bake, place mushrooms in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until finely chopped.
3. In a large saucepan, brown mushrooms, onion and beef, approximately 10 minutes. Add garlic, Tex-Mex seasoning, adobo peppers and tomatoes. Simmer 15-20 minutes allowing flavours to combine and sauce to thicken.
4. Split baked potatoes lengthwise and spoon in meat mixture. Top with black beans, corn cheddar cheese and chopped cilantro. Serve with a side of salsa, sour cream and guacamole.

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